❗Note: This article refers to your Chart of Accounts for an individual company. If you are viewing the settings for a consolidated group, proceed to the following help article: Consolidated Chart of Accounts.
Checking & setting up your Chart of Accounts in Fathom
‘Chart of Accounts’ (CoA) is found in Step 3 of the company settings.
This is an important step in the company settings. The correct order and classification of accounts will ensure the accurate calculation of your financial KPIs and a meaningful presentation of your financial statements.
The first time you import from Xero, QuickBooks or MYOB, Fathom will do its best to replicate the existing chart of accounts structure from your source accounting system in order to provide a helpful layout to start.
For subsequent updates, the structure and hierarchy of your CoA in Fathom (including ordering, headings, and classifications) will all be retained.
While Fathom will automatically classify your accounts for you, it is a good idea to review the classifications on first import to ensure they are correct.
Fathom assigns a primary and sub-classification to each account. This is how Fathom is able to recognise what kind of account it is, and this forms the basis for how the account is treated in calculations.
View the classification guidelines to see a detailed explanation about each account classification.
You can reclassify accounts in three different ways:
Customising the chart of accounts layout
Selecting multiple accounts
You can quickly select a range of accounts by first selecting an account, then shift-click to select another account. All accounts between these two will be selected. This is useful if you have multiple accounts in a row that you wish to select.
Headings and Subheadings
Fathom enables you to group accounts under headings and subheadings.
Grouping accounts creates structure and hierarchy, which flows through when viewing your financial statements in the analysis tools and reports. You can then collapse and expand headings to show different levels of detail. A subtotal will be shown for every group.
For more information on creating groups of accounts under headings and subheadings, view our 'Headings & Subheadings' article.
Positioning and ordering
Easily reposition accounts by dragging and dropping. You can drag and drop accounts into different headings, or across to different classifications (eg. drag and drop an Expense account into Cost of Sales).
After selecting multiple accounts, you can reposition them by dragging and dropping, or by clicking 'Move to' in the menu bar at the top of the screen. You can then select any heading/subheading to move these accounts instantly. This is helpful if you have a large Chart of Accounts, with multiple headings.
Changing 'View/Sort' Options
You have several options to change the way you view or sort your Chart of Accounts, by clicking the 'View/Sort' icon, found at the top-right of your CoA (next to the 'Revenue' classification heading).
Show Account Codes
Select the first checkbox to show or hide account codes. Fathom will source account codes directly from your accounting system. This option can help you to organise your accounts, or automatically re-order by account code (see 'Reorder Accounts' below). This checkbox will be greyed out if you do not have any account codes.
Show Archived Accounts
Select this checkbox to show or hide archived accounts and make the chart of accounts easier to work with if you have many archived accounts. This option will be greyed out if you do not have any archived accounts.
Note that archived accounts are still imported into Fathom when they have historical data in order for accounts to reconcile correctly.
Quickly reorder your accounts by:
❗Note: Fathom will respect the structure of headings and subheadings in your CoA when reordering accounts. Accounts will only be reordered by alphabet or account code within the same heading.
Chart of Account Status
You can quickly identify the status of an account using a small coloured indicator. For more information, visit our guide to Chart of Account Status updates.
Congratulations on setting up and organising your Chart of Accounts! Any decisions you made in your Chart of Accounts in Fathom can be changed later on, if needed. Finish setting up your company for analysis, reporting, and forecasting by choosing from one of the next steps below:
What you want to do:
Next step in setup process:
Happy with your Chart of Accounts organisation and ready to set up KPIs?
Happy with your chosen KPIs and ready to set targets for your company?
Additional knowledge and common questions: